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Four Russians among Top 100 keepers in 21st century

Published time: February 07, 2012 21:41
Edited time: February 08, 2012 02:04
CSKA goalie Igor Akinfeyev (RIA Novosti / Alexey Belikov)

CSKA goalie Igor Akinfeyev (RIA Novosti / Alexey Belikov)

Russia and CSKA Moscow keeper, Igor Akinfeev, has taken 15th spot in the list of the best keepers of the 21st century – so far - issued by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

­Akinfeev has spent his whole career with CSKA where he debuted at 17 years old, saving a penalty and keeping a clean sheet.

The 25-year-old has played 325 games for the Moscow club conceding 260 goals, helping the Armymen win three domestic titles and the UEFA Cup in 2004/05.  

He’s also been the first choice keeper for the Russian national team since 2005.  

Meanwhile, Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon is top of the rankings, with second placed Iker Casillas of Real Madrid right behind him.

The third spot is occupied by Petr Cech, while retired Edwin van der Sar and Oliver Kahn are fourth and fifth, respectively.

There are three more Russians in the Top 100, Lokomotiv Moscow’s Ruslan Nigmatullin in 45th position and Sergey Ovchinnikov in 60th.

Zenit St Petersburg and Russia keeper, Vyacheslav Malafeev, is currently in 64th spot.

IFFHS Ranking (2001-2011):

1. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) 199
2. Iker Casillas (Spain) 197
3. Petr Cech (Czech Republic) 154
4. Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands) 116
5. Oliver Kahn (Germany) 99
6. Dida (Brazil) 90
7. Victor Valdes (Spain) 82
8. Julio Cesar (Brazil) 76
9. Jens Lehmann (Germany) 72
10. Roberto Carlos Abbondanzieri (Argentina) 68